French Guiana

French Guiana (/ɡiˈɑːnə/ or /ɡiˈænə/; French: Guyane [ɡɥijan] (listen); French Guianese Creole: Lagwiyann) is an overseas department/region and single territorial collectivity of France on the northern Atlantic coast of South America in the Guianas. It borders Brazil to the east and south and Suriname to the west.

French Guiana
Guyane  (French)
Territorial Collectivity of French Guiana
Collectivité territoriale de Guyane  (French)
Motto(s): 
Fert Aurum Industria
Anthem: La Marseillaise
("The Marseillaise")
Coordinates: 4°N 53°W
Country France
PrefectureCayenne
Departments1 (every overseas region consists of a department in itself)
Government
  PrefectThierry Queffelec[1]
  President of the AssemblyGabriel Serville (Guyane Kontré pour avancer)
  LegislatureAssembly of French Guiana
Area
  Total83,846 km2 (32,373 sq mi)
  Land83,534 km2 (32,253 sq mi)
  Rank2nd region and 1st department
Population
 (January 2022)[4]
  Total294,436
  Density3.5/km2 (9.1/sq mi)
Demonym(s)French Guianan
French Guianese
Time zoneUTC-3:00 (BRT)
ISO 3166 code
GDP (2019)[5]Ranked 17th
Total€4.41 billion (US$4.93 billion)
Per capita€15,521 (US$17,375)
NUTS RegionFRA
WebsiteTerritorial Collectivity
Prefecture

With a land area of 83,534 km2 (32,253 sq mi),[3] French Guiana is the second-largest region of France (more than one-seventh the size of Metropolitan France) and the largest outermost region within the European Union. It has a very low population density, with only 3.5 inhabitants per square kilometre (9.1/sq mi). (Its population is less than 1200 that of Metropolitan France.) Half of its 294,436 inhabitants in 2022 lived in the metropolitan area of Cayenne, its capital. 98.9% of the land territory of French Guiana is covered by forests,[6] a large part of which is primeval rainforest. The Guiana Amazonian Park, which is the largest national park in the European Union,[7] covers 41% of French Guiana's territory.

Since December 2015, both the region and department have been ruled by a single assembly within the framework of a new territorial collectivity, the French Guiana Territorial Collectivity (French: collectivité territoriale de Guyane). This assembly, the French Guiana Assembly (French: assemblée de Guyane), replaced the former regional council and departmental council, which were disbanded. The French Guiana Assembly is in charge of regional and departmental government. Its president is Gabriel Serville.

View from Salvation Islands

Fully integrated in the French Republic since 1946, French Guiana is a part of the European Union, and its official currency is the euro. A large part of French Guiana's economy depends on jobs and businesses associated with the presence of the Guiana Space Centre, now the European Space Agency's primary launch site near the equator. As elsewhere in France, the official language is standard French, but each ethnic community has its own language, of which French Guianese Creole, a French-based creole language, is the most widely spoken. French Guiana is the only territory on the continental mainland of either North or South America that is under the sovereignty of a European state, much less fully integrated in a European state.

The border between French Guiana and Brazil is the longest land border that France shares with another country, as well as one of only two borders which France shares with non-European states, the other being the border with Suriname in the west.


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